“ Violence against women is pervasive in the United States and around the world. Often the attacks come from those closest to us, further undermining our sense of safety. Almost one in every four women in the United States has been raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, live-in partner, boyfriend, or date. The attacks don’t stop there on average, more than three women are murdered by husbands or boyfriends every day in the United States. Women are more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner; in 2000 intimate- partner homicides accounted for 33.5 percent of the murders of women in the United States and under 4 percent of the murders of men.”
A man’s act of violenceagainst a woman may bea result of • psychological problems • sexual frustration • Childhood abuse • Unbearable life pressures • Drug or alcohol abuse • Innate urge toward aggression
Violence against women and racism are connected. Violence is targeted towards. Race Class Sexual orientation age Research has also shown that women of color, older women, young women, immigrant women, refugees, lesbians, poor women, transgender individuals, and women with disabilities are especially vulnerable to violence.
Many women feel isolated when they have been a victim of violence. Reactions to certain violent incidents may be difficult for many people and may result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A person struggling with PTSD may experience Flashbacks Hallucinations Nightmares Dissociation Inability to sleep Irritability Outbursts or anger
• Shame or guilt• Fear• Anger and rage• Depression and suicidalfeelings• Substance abuse• Eating disorders• Physical symptoms• Self- harm• Grief and loss• Powerless• Isolation• Flashbacks and nightmares• Sensory triggers• Dissociation• Changes in sexuality andintimacy• Spiritual crisis.
Verbal attacks minimizing/denying Intimidation/ his or her own pressure tactics behavior Dominating you Abusing drugs or disrespect/putting alcohol you down Threatening suicide Overly or self-harm jealous/possessive Isolating you from Lying friends and family Controlling all the Blaming you for everything money
Domestic violence is one of the most common but least reported crimes in the world. Domestic violence can be expressed through ay type of threatening and harmful behaviors that are meant to assert power and control. Violent behaviors may include Slapping Punching Choking Kicking Hitting with objects Threatening with weapons Sexual assault Verbal and emotional abuse Control of finances Physical freedom Destruction of objects Harm to children or pets
Growing up in anatmosphere of domesticviolence can bedevastating for children.Children of batteredwomen are more likely tobe battered themselvesChildren may also strugglewith PTSDThey may grow upbelieving that violence isacceptable behavior
There is no right answer for all battered women. It is important to make sure you keep yourself and children safe. A person’s safety can increase if: You become more aware Inform others Find support Implement a safety plan
Stay calmShield yourself,especially your headand stomach Call 911 and get anemergency assistanceDo what you can toend the attack to avoidserious injury
Any kind of sexual activity committed against someone’s will.
• Rape• Incest and sexual abuse of children• Sexual harassment• Prostitution and sex trafficking
Any kind of sexual It is important to have activity committed physical and emotional against someone’s will. health treated if raped. Penetration can be with Pelvic exam the penis, fingers, or Examination and instruments like bottles treatment of any or sticks. external injuries Treatment for prevention 18% of women said they of STIs have been a victim of Treatment for prevention rape. of pregnancy Rape is something that Information about is extremely serious to AIDS/HIV a women both in a Follow-up exam physical and mental aspect.
Sexual contact that occurs between family members. Can be by relatives, friends, coaches, teachers, babysitters, or clergy. Forms Sexually suggestive language Prolonged kissing Looking and petting Vaginal and/or anal intercourse Oral sex
Unwanted sexual attention thatmay include leering, pinching,patting, repeated comments,subtle suggestions of a sexualnature, pornography in theworkplace, and pressure fordates. It is greatly assumed thatMen harass women, which maybe the case in some places, butwomen can harass women, andmen can be harassed by men orwomen. It is sometimes hard todistinguish a line from a jokingatmosphere to actualdemeaning or degradingharassment. If harassmentbecomes hostile, intimidating,or uncomfortable than theharassment should be reported.
Many girls who enter prostitution are not consenting adults and do not exercise free choice. Prostitutes are at risk for violence from pimps and customers. They are most likely victims of robbery, battery, and rape.
It is important to support a person who has been a victim ofthese types of violence and abuse. There are many differenthotlines and other facilities that are meant to help women whoare struggling with these types of issues.